Monday, April 15, 2019

Happy Hockey-versary to me and some Stanley Cup Playoff upsets...

Three years ago, at this time, I got into hockey and (mostly) watched the Pittsburgh Penguins march their way to the first of back-to-back championships. That year, the Dallas Stars, who I wasn't paying much attention to at the time, lost in the second round.

Three years later and I'm attending a freaking Dallas Stars playoff game!!!! Dallas vs. Nashville, playoff games 3, comes to the American Airlines Center tonight and I will be there!!!

So happy hockey-versary to me. Thanks Penguins, Golden Knights, and Stars for a fun-filled three years. Here's to many more.


Prior to the start of the playoffs as a whole, one of the biggest predicted upsets was the Dallas Stars winning the series over Nashville. I mentioned that the other day. Hockey writers knew better, but general fans did not. We won game one in Nashville. That's a nice feather in our collective cap--er, helmet??

And while I'm not watching any hockey but Stars hockey right now despite two other favorite teams both playing in the playoffs because I've got other things on my plate, I am keeping tabs. Hard not to when you allow alerts from the NHL app. :0)

Anyway... there are two surprising upsets that no one would have predicted. Both the Tampa Bay Lightning, the best team of the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Stanley Cup winners and the only team to make the playoffs for a record holding 13 seasons in a row, are both down 3 games in their respective series. To move to the next round you must win 4 of 7. Both of these teams would have to win four in a row. It's possible but not probable.

Everything else going on is within the realm of "playoff hockey" but those two things... Wow!!

I'll report in on Wednesday in regards to my first playoff experience.

Please send all your good wishes for the Stars to the AAC in downtown Dallas this evening. 

As always, please remember to BE LOUD. WEAR GREEN. and GO STARS.

Have a great week!!

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